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Subject: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon
From: grduprey at (
Date: Mon Oct 25 10:03:10 2004

Actually, way back when Leica was working with Minolta, I had heard that 
Leica had approached Nikon prior to Minolta, but Nikon was not interested 
in working with Leica.  At least that is the rumor I heard.  Who really 


"B. D. Colen" <> 
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10/25/2004 11:34 AM
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RE: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon

The idea that Leica rejected this idea is far more believable than the
idea that Nikon rejected it. ;-)

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Stephen Gandy
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 12:32 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon

it is my understanding that the patent on the Nikon manual focus lenses
has expired.

I had about six discussions with CEO Cohn over four years on this topic.
He told me Leica rejected the idea.


Douglas Herr wrote:

> "B. D. Colen" <> wrote:
> > I wonder if it even crossed their minds to work with Nikon and/or 
> > Canon to offer autofocus Leica lenses for the EOS and F Nikon lines.
> According to the late Sal DiMarco, not only did Leica think of this, 
> they approached both Nikon and Canon and were rejected by both.  It 
> makes sense... why would Canon or Nikon want competition for their 
> high-end (and high-profit) lenses?
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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